RAYNE — Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair has long waited for his Bobcats to play a complete game of football, where they excelled in all facets of the game.
The wait is over.
Quarterback Trenon Trosclair was sensational throwing the football, receivers Derek Denton and Ben Allison wreaked havoc on the Wolves’ secondary and the Bobcats defense proved to be too much for Rayne’s rushing attack as Eunice cruised to a 32-0 rout in District 5-3A action Friday.
“This was our best performance of the year,” Trosclair said. “I feel like our passing game and our defense was the difference in the game. Our passing game was tremendous and there is no doubt this was the best defensive performance of the year for us.”
Trenon Trosclair picked the Wolves’ defense apart in the passing, completing 13-of-15 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, while Denton hauled in a game-high 120 yards and a touchdown on six carries and Allison had five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
“Everybody did a great job,” Trenon Trosclair said. “Ben and Derek are big time players and they have big time games for us tonight. But the running backs did a great job of gaining yardage and the offensive line was outstanding. They gave me protection all night.”
The Bobcats, who remained unbeaten on the season and improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in district, recorded 256 yards passing and 152 yards on the ground en route to more than 400 yards of total offense.
“Trenon made plays in the passing game and Derek always plays big for us,” coach
Trosclair said. “But Ben Allison did a great job for us in the passing game. He really does a great job of helping us open things up in the passing game.”
Defensively, the Bobcats played arguably their best half of football in the first half against the Wolves (7-2, 2-2) in which Eunice sported a 25-0 advantage at the break.
In the first half, the Bobcats forced and recovered three fumbles, recovered a muffed punt, held the Wolves to 59 yards of total offense and 0-for-4 on third down conversions.
“Our defense showed up,” Trenon Trosclair said. “I mean they really came out and played extremely hard. Our defense shutdown everything they were doing. By far the best game of the year for them.”
Things were looking good early for the Wolves as they opened up the game with an impressive drive into Eunice’s territory, but a lost fumble at the 41 yard line halted drive and ultimately led to a 35-yard field goal for the Bobcats to give them an early 3-0 lead.
Eunice extended their lead to 9-0 early in the second quarter when running back Darious Richard scored on a 14-yard run. Richard’s run was made possible after an interception thrown by Trenon Trosclair was negated by a roughing the passer penalty. Richard finished the game with 61 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
“We can’t beat ourselves and expect to win,” Wolves coach Curt Ware said. “But the biggest mistake was the turnover that we should’ve had on the interception in the end zone. But we roughed the passes and then they go and score a touchdown a couple of players later. That hurt.”
From that point on it snowballed for the Wolves, as they went on to allow another touchdown run to Richard that extended the lead to 16-0 before it was increased to 22-0 following a 34-yard touchdown pass from Trenon Trosclair to Addision with 1:59 left in the first half.
It appeared the Wolves would be going into halftime trailing 22-0, but a third fumble of the half recovered by the Bobcats led to a 20 yard field goal as time expired for a 25-0 advantage at the break.
“We hadn’t turned the football over all year like we did tonight,” Ware said. “Last week we had a couple, but we turned the football over three times in the first half. You can’t spot a team 25 points, because it is hard to come back.”
The Bobcats concluded their scoring late in the third quarter, when Trenon Trosclair connected with Denton for an 85-yard touchdown for a 32-0 lead with 19 seconds remaining.
“Anytime you play in a big game, turnovers always play a major role,” coach Trosclair said. “Coaches say it all of the time, but it’s the truth. If you turn the football over, you’re going to lose.”
In the losing effort for the Wolves, running backs Jalen Williams (15-87) and Trent Duhon (11-48) combined for 135 yards on 26 carries.
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